Category Archives: investments

On a shoddy construction industry – Bill Dodson

There are many stories on shoddy constructions build in China. Celebrity author Bill Dodson tells on his weblog some inside stories on how business is done in the construction industry, and why things go wrong. The case of his friend Ralf.

Bright Dairy buys rather than builds brands – Shaun Rein

The successful Bright Food Group Co. announces a buying spree among Australian and European firms, according to Bloomberg. A smart strategy, comments retail analyst Shaun Rein, who says buying existing brands is better than building your own.

Corruption and executions in Suzhou – Bill Dodson

Suzhou resident Bill Dodson talks about the executing of his corrupt vice-mayor to Paul French of the Ethical Corporation in a podcast. Local debts are becoming a liability and local officials paying with their lives. A look behind China’s corrupt economy.

Special Economic Zone in Idaho – Andrew Leung

China is planning a Special Economic Zone in Idaho. Business professor Andrew Leung looks at his website into the concept of the SEZ’s and whether the successful concept can be used also outside China. Can China save the US economy?

The political risks of China’s debts – Victor Shih

Social instability and a touchy change of power in 2012 are just two of a set of stinging problems China’s sky-high debts is causing the country, political analyst Victor Shih tells the Global Post in an extensive interview on the country’s shortfall.

China relaxes procurement rules on innovation – Shaun Rein

China’s regulators have been scrapping preferential treatment of local firm to win procurement contracts from the government, originally meant to strengthen indigenous innovation. “It is a sign the government is listening to the needs of foreign companies,” says Shaun Rein in the China Daily.

When East and West meet for business – Bill Dodson

Chinese and Western business practices differ, quite a lot. Bill Dodson recalls on his weblog a due diligence trip into Zhejiang province, visiting a company that offered to their Western visitors two accounting books. The Western visitors were shocked. A different modus operandi.

Social unrest in China, mostly an Asian affair? – Bill Dodson

Bill Dodson has been writing extensively about social unrest in China and what it means for foreign companies. In his weblog he focuses on the fact that most strikes have been at factories owned by Japanese, Taiwanese and some Hongkongnese. Some observations.

Chinese firms listen better than its competitors – Bill Fischer

Competitors from China are becoming better, IMD-professor Bill Fischer concludes in Forbes. Cheap labor and competitive pricing are replaced by a far greater asset: listening better to their clients. Fischer zooms in on UnionPay, China’s only electronic retail network.

Disrupted in New York – Marc van der Chijs

Shanghai-based erial internet entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs reports on his weblog about the slightly disappointing Techcrunch Disrupt conference in New York.